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28 Proceedings Summer 2014 www.uscg.mil/proceedings Today, cruise ships are engineering marvels. They can accommodate thousands of guests and contain restau- rants, full-sized gyms, multiple pools, and generators that can produce more than 80 megawatts in total power. Even after inspecting dozens of newly delivered ships, I am still impressed when I pull up to the quay and see the latest design coming to life. Coast Guard Activities Europe is responsible for inspect- ing U.S. fagged vessels operating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as newly constructed cruise vessels built in Europe. For the past two years, I have led the U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe Initial Certifcate of Com- pliance Examination (ICOC) program. Just like the ships themselves, each challenge and decision is large and has far-reaching effects for the ship involved. Design Review The ICOC process begins years before delivery with a concept review meeting. U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) personnel and class society, shipyard, and ship owner's representatives come together to discuss the ship's general arrangement. I enjoy the concept review. It's almost like a boat show. We review the latest features and new ideas, ranging from liquefed natural gas propulsion to multi-level guest cabins to how much bigger the water slide is than the last. After hearing about new concepts, the meet- ing becomes more technical. We discuss alternative design arrangements and review the supporting quantitative and qualitative analysis. Typically, about fve months prior to delivery, shipyard or cruise company personnel submit structural fre protection, emergency escape, and fre control plans to MSC for review to ensure that the cruise ships will comply with IMO regu- lations and U.S. requirements for foreign passenger vessels. MSC personnel address questions or concerns and ensure designs incorporate necessary changes. Onboard Inspection The frst time we board a vessel is to conduct the marine evacuation system test. We use the system, evaluate its abil- ity to rapidly evacuate people, and engage the ship's offcers to prompt them to consider the worst-case scenario. The second visit to the ship is a joint Activities Europe/ MSC review of the ship's structural fre protection. MSC staff engineers verify that installation and materials com- ply with domestic and international standards. Activities Europe marine inspectors examine escape paths, signage, corridors, and life-saving arrangements. At the conclusion, USCG personnel list any discrepancies the owners must address. Inspections & Exams Initial Certifcate of Compliance Examinations Getting it right before the vessel leaves the shipyard. by Lt JaMes sChoCk Marine Inspector U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe USCG inspector CDR Mike DeLury views life raft positioning during an inspection. All photos U.S. Coast Guard. Summer2014_22.indd 28 5/13/14 9:46 AM